Kim's 'Finally Braced' Story- NEW UPDATE 11/14 W/ PICS

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#106 Postby KJNELLAMORE » Thu Jan 11, 2007 1:01 am

Thanks for all of the support everyone!

As you can see.. the space is gone now. Not sure how or why as I am still fairly sure that she only changed my ligs and did not add a tie wire/wire tie. The whole point is to get that toothie to turn just like the one beside it did.. but I don't see that happening anytime soon. But ya never know!

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And for fun... here is a comparison between pre-braces, top wire on, and now (20 some-odd RPE turns later). Ignore the white stuff in the last one.. I had just put moisturizer on.

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#107 Postby shell1426 » Thu Jan 11, 2007 2:08 pm

Looks good, Kim! Your lateral incisors have really moved! That right one is where she was supposed to put a wire tie? Looks like just ligs to me but I don't know exactly what a tie wire or wire tie looks like. Well good luck with more movement!

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#108 Postby KJNELLAMORE » Sat Jan 20, 2007 10:00 am

Well, the space is back :(. The lower space, that is. The one that showed up before, then disappeared. The one where the dumbo assistant was supposed to put a tie wire so that my other front toothie could slide in. So, I'm frustrated. The space is even bigger this time. Is it just going to keep appearing and disappearing until they do something to actually shift the tooth over.. or.. err.. until the assistant does what they're told? From what my ortho. said, the tie wire was supposed to pull the one tooth over a bit, closing the space, and leaving room for the front toothie to slide back. Make sense? Now, if only his assistant could have listened..

Working on adding some comparisons now...

Honestly, things seem to be moving A LOT more quickly than originally anticipated!

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I wonder what will go on with my bottoms once that stubborn tooth is in place. To me, it seems like my lowers would look great then. But what do I know! LOL

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And.. RPE Progress. I've totally lost count. I think that I did turns everyday for 2 weeks, then every other day for 3 weeks, then every third day for 2 weeks. So.. you figure that out. LOL!

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#109 Postby SUGARANGEL » Sun Jan 21, 2007 8:29 am

Hey Kim,

Wow! Getting there!!!!! VERY NICE! I know you are so happy. Yes, I was wondering why tire wire not on your top teeth to hold wire???? Without it, it can loose wire and wont do any thing much. If the kind of your braces are supposed to have tie wire on it then ortho asst was supposed to put tie wire on. Could be ortho asst forgot? Why did you not call your ortho and ask why ortho asst did not put tie wire on. With Damon system braces does not required tie wire.
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#110 Postby samantha_lou » Sun Jan 21, 2007 10:33 am

Wow, great progress Kim - that RPE has really worked for you! Your teeth are looking fantastic!
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#111 Postby KJNELLAMORE » Sun Jan 21, 2007 10:57 am

Thanks guys! The assistant was only supposed to put a tie wire on one tooth, the tooth that they wanted to turn- I think. Not all teeth need them.. I *think* they are only needed to rotate teeth.
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#112 Postby Tin Indian » Sun Jan 21, 2007 2:58 pm

:D Your'e teeth are really coming along in such a short time Kim, congratulations.
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#113 Postby shell1426 » Sun Jan 21, 2007 5:52 pm

I thought it was one of the incisors on the top that he wanted the wire tie on but now I see that stubborn little tooth on the bottom. I hope it works out and it moves! Everything else has come along quite nicely and looks very good! I hope all is going well and "stubborn" (that will be my name for that tooth LOL) starts to move for you!


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#114 Postby KJNELLAMORE » Tue Jan 23, 2007 10:43 am

Just got back from my appt. Let's see..

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*New wire
*Figure eight ligs.

RPE
*Turn every 3rd day for 3 more weeks :( .. then hopefully done! (though he's said that a few times, LOL)

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*Tie wire on crooked tooth (finally.. and I told him that he told the assistant last time and she didn't do it. That hurt like H-E-C-K!) What's amazing is that the space is *already* gone, and now there is a slight space in the middle (which is good.. because that tooth needs to slide over) and that tooth is ALMOST in line!

*Powerchain on right side to close up the gap so that the crooked tooth can slide in

*New figure eight ligs (she did smoke on accident.. so no color this time)

That's all for today.. was in the waiting room for 40 minutes.. that sucked! Will add some pics later.
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#115 Postby cowlypso » Tue Jan 23, 2007 2:53 pm

Yup, those wire ties will sure get your attention, won't they? I got 3 of those this last time. My ortho told her to put one on each canine, and then just for fun she added in an extra... Maybe your assistant and my assistant should get together sometime. Once she put the wire ties on and then the ligs, though, I definitely could feel it! The good news is that I didn't have any continuing pain.

The wire ties just hold the archwire onto the bracket more firmly than the ligs do. With rotated teeth, the ligs can stretch a bit on that angle and end up letting the archwire move away from the bracket a little so the bracket (tooth) isn't being pulled as much into the arch. Add the wire tie, and that bracket (tooth) is firmly tied to the archwire and definitely being pressured to join the arch.

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#116 Postby belmikry » Tue Jan 23, 2007 2:57 pm

your progress is fantastic- how inspiring! :)
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#117 Postby KJNELLAMORE » Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:05 pm

Well, here are photos. No idea why, but my photos are awful today. This should give you an idea of what's going on, though.

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check out the midline..
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#118 Postby Patricia S. » Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:14 pm

KJNELLAMORE, you have had some really great movement, Congrats :jump:

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#119 Postby Brandyleigh35 » Wed Jan 24, 2007 7:59 pm

Hey Kim,
Definitely I see progress in your mouth. I was looking at your pre vs current expansion pics. Is it me or are your molars starting to tip out a bit?

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#120 Postby KJNELLAMORE » Wed Jan 24, 2007 8:24 pm

Hey Brandy!

Hmm... I honestly had *not* noticed that! They were a bit tipped out before.. so I am not sure if it's just the camera angle or not... they don't *feel* any different in my mouth and don't look different in the mirror. My ortho. hadn't mentioned it and he took a good luck around.. hmm..

I have a dentist appt. soon for X-Rays/cleaning, so I will have to see if anything has changed. Thank you for mentioning that!
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